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Gardeners’ Question Time

10 January 2014

IN December, two representatives of East Grinstead in Bloom, Katrina Hamill and Jenny Watson, attended the recording of BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time at The Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place, broadcast on Sunday 15 December 2013.

You can listen online to the episode via BBC iPlayer here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03kvbyc

Jenny asked the question as follows and received some great suggestions for East Grinstead High Street planting from the panel, made up of Bunny Guinness, Anne Swithinbank and Christine Walkden.

Q. Could the panel suggest some long flowering plants in blues, reds and whites to help create a First World War commemorative display?

A. The single strained Begonias would look beautiful and you could try the white flowering forms with dark red leaves. They don’t need deadheading and can cope well in lousy weather.
Perhaps try the red Maltese Cross Lychnis or the brick red Pelargoniums. Marguerite Argyranthemum would provide an array of white daisies. You could try one of the blue Salvias.
Tender perennials are often better value for money as they have a very long flowering season. Salivia Indigo Spires flowers from May right through until early December. Salvia Bethellii has a pinky-red flower and provides colour for a long period. The tender perennials can be lifted at the end of the display and planted somewhere else.